IOC ISSUES WARNING TO ELEVEN DOPING CONTROL LABORATORIES
Lausanne, 12 December 2000 - Laboratories Have Yet to Comply with ISO Guide 25 -
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board today in Lausanne threatened to downgrade the accreditation status of eleven accredited doping control laboratories if they do not comply with ISO Guide 25 by 1 May 2001. Appendix B of The Olympic Movement Anti-Doping Code requires all labs to maintain ISO Guide 25 accreditation and provides for the power to downgrade and eventually strip accreditation. The eleven labs in question are:
National Doping Control Centre, Bangkok, Thailand
Vakgroep Farmacologie Toxicologie, Ghent, Belgium
Laboratoire Suisse D’Analyse du Dopage, Lausanne, Switzerland
Instituto Nacional do Desporto, Lisbon Portugal
Consejo Superior de Desportes, Madrid, Spain
INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier-Sante, Montreal, Canada
Antidoping Centre, Moscow, Russia
Laboratiore National de Depistage du Dopage Creps, Paris, France
Doping Control Centre, Penang, Malaysia
General Faculty Hospital, Prague, Czech Republic
Federazione Medico Sportiva Italiana, Rome, Italy
The warning is a result of a recommendation from the IOC Medical Subcommission on Doping and Biochemistry of Sport. The Subcommission met to conduct its annual review of labs accredited by the IOC to test the samples collected by doping control programs around the world. Twenty-five laboratories were accredited for 2000; however, two, the laboratories in Copenhagen and Indianapolis, did not reapply for 2001.
If any of the eleven laboratories do not comply with IOS Guide 25 by 1 May 2001, each will be downgraded to Phase I status. Under Phase I, the laboratory is temporarily suspended from testing samples collected out-of-country. For samples originating within the country in which the laboratory is located, the laboratories may perform screening procedures, but analytically positive A-samples must be confirmed by another IOC accredited laboratory.
The laboratories will automatically regain their full accreditation as soon as they provide proof of their compliance with ISO Guide 25, provided they do so within a certain time limit. The laboratories in Bangkok and Penang have until 1 January 2003 to comply to avoid the outright loss of their accreditation. The remaining nine have until 1 January 2002.
The IOC maintains confidence in the results provide by these labs. However, in an effort to harmonize standards and certification, the IOC four years ago moved to require the labs meet ISO guidelines and inserted the requirements and timetable in the Anti-Doping Code. All laboratories were cognizant of this requirement.